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January 25, 2004
Heat Relief in the Cameron Highlands
This morning, Kathy and I took a bus from the Komtar Centre (the center of all things in Georgetown) to Tanah Rata in the Cameron Highlands. We couldn't face another day of boredom and it figured that all the partying started today. Grrrrr.... Ah well.
When we had read our guidebooks on the area, it mentioned that all old Malaysian buses come to die in the Cameron Highlands and the route was filled with hairpin turns and switchbacks. Sounds like a chicken bus ride to me!!! It turned out to be fine, except for one small detail... there were more roaches on the bus than I had ever been in close quarters with before. I didn't notice them until Kathy pointed them out and I couldn't stop itching.
As we stepped off the bus, we realized things were on the ups because we weren't sweating within 1 millisecond of hitting the sunlight. In fact, it was pleasantly cool. This is a welcome chance considering I was starting to feel like the melting face people at the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark. On the way up the hills, there were many terraces with tea growing on them because tea is the major crop up here. It's actually really beautiful.
After settling in at Father's Guesthouse, we set out for a wander. There isn't much to wander to, which is good for the budget. We had a nice south Indian lunch and I got some biriyani, dahl, yogurt, and other assorted goodies. Further along the main drag, we found a pleasant park and a group of guys playing a sport called takraw. This game is a combination of soccer, hackey sack, and volleyball. We sat for about 20-30 minutes watching the teams of three take turns against each other. The guys playing use graceful bicycle kicks and their heads to send a really lightweight rattan ball back and forth over a net. It's quite a site to see and I got a brief 25 second video with my camera.
To top the evening off, I broke down and watched a movie I had been boycotting for ages, Bridget Jones Diary. It was actually much funnier than I ever expected. Tomorrow I may got for a hike nearby and it will be good to get some exercise.
Posted by Claudia on January 25, 2004 09:50 AM